The next time you decide to drive your car into the bus lane or your bike into the bicycle lane of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, think twice. You could be under watch.
The transport department has decided to install 20 special automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras at five important junctions along the 5.8-kilometre BRT corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand.
The cameras will capture the registration numbers of vehicles moving in the bus lane and will send it to the operation control room where a computerised system will track down the owner's address and produce a challan.
According to Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS) officials, a large of motorists violate traffic rules and enter the lanes reserved for buses and bicycles.
While cars enter the bus lane, motorcycles freely move about in the bicycle lane.
DIMTS is the agency maintaining and operating the BRT corridor for the government.
Though the agency has deployed traffic marshals along the corridor, officials said it becomes difficult to stop fast-moving vehicles from entering the reserved lanes.
"There will be four cameras at each of the five intersections — two each for the bus and bicycle lanes. The ANPR cameras are specially designed cameras and will zoom in on the number plate of the vehicle moving illegally in the reserved lane, capture the number and will relay it to the operation control centre," DIMTS managing director S.N.Sahai said.
The cameras will be mounted on new poles being put up for the intelligent traffic system.
Without any human intervention, said Sahai, the agency will be able to not only identify the violators but will also be able to send them challans through the transport department.
Sahai said DIMTS had sent the proposal to the transport department.
The cameras will not capture the numbers of vehicles that are allowed to move in the bus lane.
DIMTS official said such data would have to be fed in a special software that runs these cameras.
Government vehicles on emergency duty and ambulances are allowed to ply on the bus lane. DIMTS officials said the cameras can also calculate the speed of a vehicle.